So I have an issue where when connected to the wifi network at work I am unable to obtain a direct connection to my Plex server at home. It must be blocked at work as I can connect to my mobile phone hotspot and get a direct connection.
What's weird but at the same time bloody brilliant is that although indirect connections to Plex - whereby the client connects to Plex.TV which then connects to the Plex Server like a relay - are limited to 2Mbps, if I use the Infuse app on my iPad Pro the connection has no limit! It shows up in my Plex dashboard as an indirect connection but direct playing both video and audio at 20Mbps.
How is this? How does Infuse circumvent the 2Mbps throttle? I've attached a couple of pics.
The first pic shows direct Play on a direct connection on my Mobile phones Hotspot. It buffers terribly and is unwatchable.
The second pic shows Infuse on the left and the Plex client on the right when both are connected to my work wifi. You will notice both are indirect connections but the Plex client is throttled to 2Mbps and is therefore forced to transcode at the server. The Infuse client on the other hand direct plays at 20Mbps and is as smooth as silk with no buffering. How does this work? It's pretty much made the Plex client redundant. Does the Infuse client use a different outgoing port than the Plex client to connect to the plex server? One which in my case is not blocked by my work's wifi?